BMW will offer the new X3 with a choice of four and six-cylinder engines, and insiders say, a plug-in hybrid also. Likely to be dubbed X3 xDrive35e, the baby brother to the new X5 xDrive40e, will use a similar platform as the upcoming 335e.
Under the hood, BMW has placed a turbocharged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine tuned to deliver 177 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque.
The conventional engine is paired with an electric motor mounted in the standard eight-speed automatic gearbox that provides an additional 94 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The total output comes to 242 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.
Next generation X3 will debut in 2017.